su·​per·​fi·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce superficiality (audio) \
plural superficialities

Definition of superficiality

1 : the quality or state of being superficial
2 : something superficial

Examples of superficiality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No social-media stalking, no Hinge-avatar superficiality. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“Love Is Blind” Is Offensive to Human Dignity, Which Is Key to Its Success," 17 Feb. 2020 But in trying to avoid that fate—and in trying, generally, to act like a regular person online—users push the conversation toward conflict and superficiality. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Why Twitter Is Messy, Glitched, and in Love With Drama," 17 Jan. 2020 This superficiality is, of course, part of a systemic problem. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How to Mess Up Black History Month," 6 Feb. 2020 Her words and works, to their core, resist superficiality and simplification. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 Lost and alone in a crowd, Gordy confesses to Oliver that he’s turned off by the superficiality and noisiness of the scene. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Canadians’ at South Coast Repertory sets course with a queer ‘Love Boat’," 7 Oct. 2019 In a business occasionally defined by (hair)style and superficiality, John remained true to himself. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: When John Popovich retires, Cincinnati sports will lose a master storyteller," 28 Oct. 2019 People walk on eggshells and talk about superficialities, rather than about what is really happening in their lives. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Dreading Thanksgiving With the Family? Follow This Advice," 13 Nov. 2018 Christensen's purity of pretentious purpose is remarkably unconcerned with such things as obviousness, superficiality, and retrograde views of women (they're all portrayed as needy drags). Robert Abele,, "The only disappearance of note in 'The Vanishing of Sidney Hall' will be your interest," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of superficiality

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2020

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“Superficiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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